Category: Spurs

For 44 minutes, it seemed that the Mourinho bubble was going to burst in spectacular fashion as his Spurs team trailed Greek champions Olympiacos 0-2 in a key Champions League home fixture. 

Spurs’ first half performance was in stark contrast to that in the West Ham game over the weekend. No energy, no ideas and nervous defending led to the visitors taking a deserved two goal lead within 20 minutes! 

Mourinho – surprisingly made only one change – Rose replacing the injured Davies – from the West Ham starting line-up. But after 30 minutes, Mourinho make a drastic & decisive alteration to the game plan, taking off defensive midfielder Dier and putting creative attacking midfield (the out of form) Eriksen. 

Definitely, this tactical switch resulted in more offensive play from the home team and they were ‘rewarded’ when Dele Alli profited from a defensive error to half the deficit on the stroke of half-time. 

That good fortune – and Mourinho’s half-time team talk – galvanised the team and Spurs turned the match on its head scoring three more goals to take maximum points and qualify for the knockout stages. 

The confidence evident in the second half brought about two clinical Kane finishes sandwiching a sweet strike from Aurier (!) to provide Mourinho with two successive victories in his short Spurs tenure. 

Dele Alli deserves special mention for his improved second half, displaying once more the vim and verve which has characterise his best performances. Certainly, Alli will be a lynchpin in Mourinho’s future plans. 

With Ndombele, Lo Celso and Sessegnon hardly figuring so far in Mourinho’s tenure thus far, it is perhaps exciting to note that there is more that can be expected from this squad as Mourinho continues to mould them in his own image. 

While the manner of the win demonstrated character, Mourinho must be very concerned about Spurs’ brittle defence, conceding 4 goals in 2 games against less than stellar teams. Sure, the sublime forward play – resulting in 7 goals – provide joy but bittersweet is the knowledge that greater challenges are ahead. 

One feels that there is definitely more to come from Spurs and Mourinho in the days to come. 



The humble one began his tenure as Spurs’ head coach with an away win at West Ham – Spurs first Premier League win on their travels for almost a year. 


Jose Mourinho kept to his new image with these words post-match : "It’s not about me; it’s about the players and club. I will hate if somebody says ‘Jose made an impact.’ I made no impact. Nothing. I just helped them a little bit to win this match.“


Truth be told. Mourinho selected a team that echoed the best days of Pochettino’s Spurs. A 4-2-3-1 formation that crucially played Dele Alli behind Harry Kane in a number ten role. For 70s minutes at least, Spurs played the Hammers off the park, with a deserved commanding three goal lead. 


By all accounts, Mourinho’s humble words rang true, the new coach did nothing radical. However, the difference in the players’ confidence and attitude was marked and in contrast to recent league form. 


Noticeably, there was a whole lot of vim and zest about Dele Alli’s performance as he linked play brilliantly in Spurs’ offence. And while it is true that West Ham’s defending was shambolic, the home team had no answer for the cut and thrust of Spurs’ play. 


Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane all profited from Alli’s Man of the Match performance with a three goal lead established early in the 2nd half. However, the fact that Spurs faded badly in the last 10 minutes will be a cause of concern (not to mention the concession of two goals) for Mourinho but there is time for him to fix that. 


There is no doubt that this much-needed win bore the thumbprint of the best of Pochettino’s management, there is no doubt that despite his protestations to the contrary Jose Mourinho did indeed make an impact. 


It’s back to business for Tottenham Hotspur after days of shocks and reluctant acceptance of the new normal. Yes, Jose Mourinho is the new head coach of Spurs and he leads his charges into a traditionally difficult fixture – away to West Ham United. 

Since his appointment, Mourinho has been making all the right noises publicly, paying tribute to the work of Mauricio Pochettino, praising his current squad and buying into the vision set out by chairman Daniel Levy. 

Whether or not any of this is true or simply an excellent PR exercise, the real test is on the pitch and really that’s the ONLY thing that matters to Spurs fans. Despite our affection for Pochettino (and what he has achieved), there’s no escaping the fact that our form in 2019 has been poor. Relegation form, in fact. With recent games and results casting a pall over everything related to Spurs. 

No more arguments over what might have been as all we have is the here and now with Mourinho and fingers crossed, we long-suffering Spurs fans will finally get the results that we deserve – Mourinho can talk all he wants, the irrefutable evidence of his impact will be seen in the upcoming games – with West Ham coming up first on Saturday.

Both Spurs and the Hammers have been having torrid times in recent games and so, this is a crucial match for both teams. It has to be noted that the last time Mourinho was at the London Stadium with Man Utd he lost 1-3 and the Hammers will be looking for a similar result, especially in the knowledge that their team typically raise their game for these fixtures, viewing it as some kind of cup final. 

Will Spurs get the benefit of a new coach bounce – Spurs fans are entitled to expect nothing less, considering Mourinho’s vaunted reputation. Emotionally, the players may also want to do well as a tribute to the departed Pochettino, though it would be all too little too late. Thus, I fully expect Spurs to get all three points. Nothing else matters. 

Starting line-up? Who knows. What is evident is that the likes of Lloris, Lamela and Vorm are out, with Ndombele and Vertonghen due for late fitness tests. Mourinho will probably keep faith with his favoured 4-3-3 formation but your guess as good as mine. 

Gazzaniga, Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Ndombele, Sissoko, Alli, Lo Celso, Son, Kane. 



Saying all the right words. Still early days though … 


The appointment of serial winner Jose Mourinho has deeply divided the Spurs faithful. On one side, fans point to his excellent track record and hope he will bring his winning ways to the club. On the other, fans will highlight the manner in which Mourinho wrecks dressing rooms, even if initially he delivers the goods. There is historical precedent for such a divisive appointment. 

When the legendary Bill Nicholson retired in the 70s, the Spurs board appointed ex-Arsenal captain Terry Neill to the post. Obviously that did not go down well and Neill only lasted two average seasons before heading off to his spiritual home – Highbury. 

Incredibly, Spurs appointed yet another ex-Arsenal player (and manager) George Graham in the late 90s and despite winning the League Cup in 1999 (Spurs’ first trophy in 8 seasons) he was sacked in 2001 by the new incoming Spurs chairman – one Daniel Levy! 

Spurs fans never ever liked Graham and refused to sing his name – even though he won a trophy. His Arsenal roots were too big an obstacle for fans to overcome. 

So perhaps Mourinho is in a better position than Neill and Graham to win over the doubtful fans. Football is a results industry and even though many may not like his abrasive personality or the playing style of his teams, if he turns around Spurs’ fortunes, it is unlikely that these fans will remain reticent. 

Wait and see. 


Jose saying all the right things. We shall see … 

The world of Spurs fans turned on its head in 12 hours as manager Mauricio Pochettino was surprisingly sacked and Jose Mourinho was brought in quickly to replace him!

Much has been made of the poor form of Spurs in 2019 (apart from the Champions League run) and Pochettino ultimately paid the price. Certainly, the under-performance of individuals and the collective resulted in unfavourable results that have left Spurs languishing in 14th place. 

However, many believed that Pochettino had enough goodwill in the bank to deserve at least the rest of the season to turn things around. They were wrong. One suspects that chairman Daniel Levy was already putting this plan together some time ago, maybe around the time of the Bayern Munich humiliation and the collapse on the South Coast that followed. 

The speed of Mourinho’s appointment bears out this theory. However unjust Pochettino’s sacking was (and it was), as mere spectators, Spurs fans cannot do anything about the situation but wish the magic man all the best in his future endeavours. No doubt, our loss will be another club’s gain. Pochettino gave us an amazing five years and for that we will always be grateful. 

Now, even if you subscribe to the theory that Pochettino had taken Spurs as far as he could, the question now arises – is Jose Mourinho the man to take Spurs to the next level i.e. winning trophies?

Granted, Mourinho has an excellent managerial record – winning trophies at every major club he has overseen. Considering Spurs’ tight financial constraints, will Mourinho be able to replicate his success at FC Porto, when his resources were similarly limited?

Detractors will argue that Mourinho is a manager in decline, his stint at Man United a less stellar one – despite winning the League Cup and Europa League in his first season. Like Man United fans, Mourinho’s tactics – built on defensive strength and lack of possession – will not be popular with Spurs fans but will the prospect of trophies cure all ills? 

Once more, we must approach the season one match at a time. Certainly, all eyes will be on the London Stadium on Saturday, as Mourinho takes charge of his first game, against rivals West Ham United. Mourinho’s first lineup will no doubt be an indicator of where Mourinho defers from Pochettino and while personally, I am gutted at the manner in which Pochettino was shabbily treated, I will get behind the team, no matter who the head coach is. Wait and see. 


Oh what a farce. 

Spurs now have not won in five league games, having failed to hold on to a lead AGAIN. Toothless in attack and fragile in defence. Not sure what to say anymore, to be honest. 

Champions league hangover? The brilliance of Sheffield United – one of the league’s in-form sides? Inconsistent performances? Injuries to key players? Poor tactics and substitutions from Poch? 

Who knows? Confidence levels are at an all-time low. The players ran around like headless chickens and only Gazzaniga, Lo Celso and Sonny were perhaps put in a decent shift. 

Spurs were fortunate not to lose this game. Our only goal came from a mistake which Sonny punished. And sure, folks will moan about that silly VAR decision but remember the goal they chalked off against Leicester? What goes around comes around, I guess?

Yes it’s still early November and nothing is decided at this point of the season blah blah blah BUT the signs are ominous. Poch deserves to stay to turn things around but at the moment it’s difficult to see how. 


The mid-week thrashing of Red Star was so unexpected that Spurs fans are not quite sure what to make of the result. 

How is it possible that Spurs can perform so well in the two matches against the Serbian champions (with an aggregate score of 9-0!) and yet struggle to win in the Premier League. 

Fact is, Spurs have not won in the League since that 2-1 with 10 men against Southampton and their recent record reads – two losses and two draws – form that does not inspire any confidence. 

Spurs fans main concern is that Poch will decide to rotate the lineup and thus destroy any possibility of positive momentum from the Red Star win. Which makes little sense as there will be an international break after the Blades encounter, so what will Poch be resting players for? 

It was great to see Ndombele and Lo Celso start and Sessegnon coming on as a late substitutes as it gave the team a freshness it has been lacking of late. If Poch decides to rest these players then it will simply play into the hands of Sheffield United. Especially if Poch puts his faith in Eriksen yet again. 

Thus, I am not bothering with a line-up prediction because Poch seems to lost the plot in that regard. Sheffield United is one of the form teams in the Premier League and to play unmotivated players will be a fatal mistake. Hopefully not!


Historically we have a good record at Goodison BUT it all hingers on who Pochettino selects. If he continues to put his faith in underperforming players then we will get what we deserve – another defeat. 

Play NDombele, Lo Celso, Davies, Foyth and Sessegnon, for fuck’s sake and leave the likes of Eriksen, Aurier and Rose behind. Time to move forward.